The Obama administration has a love affair with the United Nations, which it has elevated to center stage of its foreign policy of “engagement” – a euphemism for appeasement. Obama has promised to address America’s “priorities” in the UN and warned that not following “the United Nation’s demands” (sic) would make “all people less safe.”
Neither Obama nor his current ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has demonstrated any tangible evidence of pressing for meaningful reforms in the dysfunctional world body. The United States continues to contribute nearly a quarter of the UN’s total budget – far too much. Removing any leverage that we had for insisting on more transparency and accountability in the bloated, corrupt UN bureaucracy, Obama decided to pay up all past amounts owed – hundreds of millions of dollars in arrears accumulated between 2005 and 2008. His administration has also opposed imposing conditions on payment of UN dues and pledges of voluntary contributions going forward.
Moreover, the Obama administration decided that the United States should join, and thereby legitimize, perhaps the most morally bankrupt UN body of all - the radical Islamic-dominated United Nations Human Rights Council. This grossly misnamed organization counts among its members Libya, Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba. Now the United States is sitting alongside them, while they ram through resolutions, subsequently adopted by the UN General Assembly, which declare that defaming Islam is a violation of international law. When it isn’t busy passing resolutions seeking to suppress freedom of speech, the Council spends most of its time persecuting Israel for defending itself against terrorist attacks on its citizens.
The United Nations is also planning to rub salt on the wounds of Americans observing the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks next year. While our nation remembers the nearly 3,000 innocent people who perished on September 11, 2001, dignitaries from all over the world will be assembling at the UN’s New York headquarters next September to mark the 10th anniversary of the Durban Conference on Racism, which was hijacked by the radical Islamists and other enemies of the United States and Israel.
The U.S. delegation meekly protested and voted no on the Yemen-sponsored resolution to hold the Durban conference in New York next year, which passed 121 to 19 with 35 abstentions. But the UN dues we pay will be used to help subsidize this hate fest against Israel and Western democracies, not to mention all of the additional expense the federal and local governments will be incurring on security.
But wait. Help may be on the way from the incoming Republican chairwoman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who vowed:
I plan on using U.S. contributions to international organizations as leverage to press for real reform of those organizations, such as the United Nations.
As for the Human Rights Council, which Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has described as an asylum run by the inmates, she will hopefully use her power to derail the Obama-supplied gravy train. The incoming House Foreign Affairs committee chairwoman has indicated as much when she warned that she would not hesitate “to call for withdrawal of U.S. funds to failed entities like the discredited Human Rights Council if improvements are not made.”